Spring is here and so is road construction season. Motorists will see construction across Johnson County on county roads, state roads and streets in Franklin, Greenwood, Edinburgh and other small towns. We rounded up information on major projects that are happening around the county this season.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is working on several projects in Johnson County this summer.
As part of the $6.2 million project, 5.8 miles of U.S. 31 will be resurfaced from the Young’s Creek Bridge in Franklin to just north of the intersection with State Road 252 south of Amity. The Young’s Creek bridge will also be rehabilitated as part of the project. Construction is expected to start this summer, INDOT officials say.
Motorists will see similar work on State Road 135 in southwestern Johnson County. INDOT is planning a $1.5 million resurfacing project from the road’s western junction with State Road 252 in Morgantown to the eastern junction in Trafalgar. The work is expected to start in late spring or early summer, INDOT officials say.
A bridge over State Road 135 located just south of County Road 300 South will also be rehabilitated for $792,059. As part of the contract for this project, a bridge over Fork Crooked Creek in Morgan County will be released, INDOT officials say.
Johnson County Highway Department officials are focused on patching concrete subdivision streets around the county this year.
The county also plans to finish reconstructing streets two White River Township neighborhoods. In Buckmoor Manor, contractors will
reconstruct Buckmoor Court, Turkey Pen Drive, Turkey Pen Circle and Buckmoor Parkway from State Road 135 to a bridge located along the road. In Wood Creek Estates, Birch Court, Pin Oak Court and Woodcreek Court will be reconstructed. Work in both neighborhoods is underway and is expected to be finished in June, highway department officials say.
Crews will also be doing mill and asphalt overlay work in several more subdivisions, including the Carefree, Horizon Estates, and Windsong in White River Township, for $1.2 million. An exact start date for construction is not yet available, but is expected to begin this summer, highway department officials say.
The highway department will also pave rural subdivisions. Among the streets with portions being repaved are Center Lane, Game Bird Drive, Georgetown Road, Hopewell Road and West County Road 100 North. Bids are still out for these projects so the cost is unknown at this time, highway department officials say.
In addition, the highway department has a $1.4 million project happening now on the Greensburg Road bridge over Sugar Creek southeast of Franklin. Work on this bridge replacement project is expected to be complete in June, officials say.
The fourth phase of Greenwood’s Worthsville Road project will begin this year. Worthsville Road will widened between Averitt Road and to Honey Creek Road and a roundabout will be built at the intersection with Stones Crossing and Honey Creek roads at a cost of $9.6 million. There will also be construction from County Road 75 East to near Sheek Road. Though construction will start this year, work won’t be completed until 2023, said Mark St. Johns, city engineer.
The city is also continuing construction on another large road project — the Main Street and Madison Avenue Streetscape project.
The $4.2 million streetscape project will lead to closures on Madison Avenue and Main Street throughout the summer. Work on the streetscape is underway from Pearl Street to Main Street along Madison Avenue, and from Madison Avenue to Meridian along Main Street, city officials say. The work includes wider decorative brick sidewalks, a new traffic signal at Main Street and Madison Avenue, new stormwater infrastructure and updated crosswalks. This project is expected to be completed to be completed by mid-summer or fall, said Kevin Steinmetz, capital projects manager.
City officials are also planning partial or full reconstructions of portions of several city streets, including Broadway Street, Pushville Road and Stokely Boulevard. Averitt and Sheek roads will also get paving work later this year and contractors will also be doing mill and overlay work on several alleys, city officials say.
The following traffic and pedestrian improvements are also planned: a traffic signal and additional turn lanes at the intersection of Main Street and Airport Parkway; a passing lane for eastbound traffic on Main Street near Acordia Drive.; traffic signal improvements at Stop 18 Road and U.S. 31; flashing lights will be added to several school zone signs.
City of Franklin officials plan to construct a $1.4 million roundabout at the intersection of Commerce Drive and Graham Road. Utility work is expected to be completed by June, but construction will not likely start until after the school year begins, said Mark Richards, city engineer. When construction does being, city engineers will have to do a complete closure of the intersection. The project is expected to be done by the end of the year, Richards said.
The city will continue reconstructing Jim Black Road between State Road 44 and Upper Shelbyville Road. Phase 1 of the project began last year near the Amazon facility at State Road 44. The new stage, which is expected to start soon, will extend the new pavement to McClain Drive, Richards said.
The final phase will be a full reconstruction of Jim Black Road from McClain Drive to Upper Shelbyville Road, where the road will be widened by adding a center turn lane with asphalt shoulders. Utility work is expected to begin this month with construction and end by Oct. 22, he said.
The city also plans to use the $1 million it received through Indiana’s Community Crossings grant program to mill and overlay 18 city streets that received low pavement ratings in a survey of city road conditions. Among the 18 streets seeing work this year are portions of Bartram Parkway, County Road 200 North, Commerce Drive, Hospital Road and South Street, according to city documents.
During these projects, there may be limited traffic restrictions during the day while work is being done, but the city is not planning to close any streets. The city’s contractors will have flaggers directing traffic, Richards said.
Construction on these city streets is expected to begin in early summer and be completed by mid-September, he said.
Town of Edinburgh officials plan to repave seven streets and start design on a project to lengthen Main Street this year.
Edinburgh will repave portions of Campbell Street, Grant Street, Huff Street, Main Street, Thompson Street and Toner Street inside the town’s limits with the $471,903 the town received from Community Crossings, said Dan Cartwright, town manager.
The town is also planning to do a considerable amount of patching for streets that need it, he said.
In the future, the town plans to extend Main Street south to (Bartholomew) County Road 900 South, which is located in Edinburgh’s industrial park. Design on the project is underway and the goal is to finish design work this year, Cartwright said.